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Sunday, 13 April 2014 07:06 By Patrick Kamara
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Information about an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Hakibale Sub-county in Kabarole district came very early. I was told there had been an attack in a village called Rwembogo on the edge of Semuliki National Park and above the rift valley.

I rushed to then-District Internal Security Officer Lt. Akiiki Kabalega to get more information and find out whether it was possible to get there. There he was at his Boma office together with Maj. Kamanyire who was heading to the area. Armed with my recorder, I hiked a lift on their army pickup truck.

 
Sunday, 06 April 2014 13:11 By Patrick Kamara
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Uganda People's Defence Force soldiers patrol near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo after they battled Allied Democratic Forces in March 2007. AFPKatojo is one of the biggest government correctional facilities or prison in south western Uganda. Located about seven kilometres from Fort-portal town it is sandwiched between the Muhoti Military Barracks and one of the deepest crater lakes in East Africa, Saka. This is also the home of Mountains of the Moon University.

It is within this location where Tooro’s only airfield is located. The prison, I must say is located in pristine environment; cold, evergreen, and gentle rolling hills. I always wondered why this was the place chosen for a prison and not in the other barren and ragged areas of Tooro…for example (I don’t want to offend anyone) the rocky Kyaka now known as Kyegegwa district.

 
Saturday, 29 March 2014 21:16 By Patrick Kamara
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John Sanyu Katuramu is escorted by warders at Luzira PrisonI was contemplating my next move while grazing our cattle when my cell-phone rang. It was the voice of the Voice of Tooro radio station manager back in Fort-Portal. They needed me without fail the next day. The same day when my elder sister Elizabeth was having a marriage introduction ceremony (Kwanjura) at home! President Yoweri Museveni was in town and was scheduled to speak on radio. They wanted me to interview him. Back then that was a big thing considering the fact that Voice of Toro was the only rural-based FM station in Uganda.

 
Saturday, 22 March 2014 21:02 By Patrick Kamara
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Elizabeth BagaayaWhen priests carried guns to office and I met Princess Bagaya

Prince Happy Kijjanangoma from the Royal household of Tooro was a physically disabled man and very bright and daring too. This was the time when Tooro Kingdom had broken into factions after the death of Omukama Patrick Olimi Kaboyo in 1995. The king had been succeeded on the throne by his three year old son Omukama Oyo Nyimba. Because the king was still an infant he had to rule through three regents that were appointed by the Orukurato; an equivalent of a parliament for Tooro kingdom.

Cracks in the kingdom became real divisions. One group of elders preferred to follow then-prime minister or Omuhikirwa John SanyuKaturamu and the other group was in the camp of Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya, the elder sister to the late king.

 
Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:56 By Patrick Kamara
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In the very late 1990s, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel force was clearly gaining momentum and stretching the entire Ugandan army along the difficult terrain only the Rwenzori Mountain can offer. They were no longer just at the border points or in the jungle; Jamil Mukulu’s ragtag, Islamic fundamentalist army with its support from Al-Qaeda, were threatening the main towns in the area.

The first major attack had happened in Kasese district in 1996 at the border town of Mpondwe in Bwera. ADF rebels had carried out a major assault on this border post obliterating it and taking prisoners of war as well as killing scores of people. They launched their attack from the neighbouring town of Lubiriha in the DR Congo and it was more like a conventional war.

 

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